The third episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers brings power weapons and a bull monster to the world of children’s television.
Honestly, what more could you want in a 90s show for kids? Here are three life lessons from the episode “Teamwork.” (Ironically, practicing teamwork isn’t one of the lessons I got from this.):
1 – Advocate for a cleaner earth (or anything you feel strongly about).
The episode begins with Kimberly and Trini working on a petition to close a factory that’s polluting the environment. They work on getting signatures from their friends and classmates and later head to the factory to voice their opinion.
If you feel strongly about an issue and want conditions to improve, it’s likely going to take some ground work. Making a difference will require putting yourself out there and informing people, just like the girls do in this episode.
2 – Bullies are…trash.
There’s going to be a lot of bully bashing as I rewatch Power Rangers, thanks to the infamous Bulk, Skull, and Putties.
In this episode, Bulk and Skull end up in trash cans and later on, putties do as well. This is perfect symbolism to represent what bullies are – trash. I know that many who resort to bullying have psyche issues, but it doesn’t excuse the way they treat others.
Don’t be a putty. Don’t be a Bulk or Skull. You’ll end up in a trash can.
3 – If it’s not working out, take a break. Take a breather and regroup.
The bull monster man was kicking some Power Ranger butt, so Zordon sucked the rangers back to headquarters. He gave them a pep talk and some new power weapons, and then sent them out to try again.
Humans have a bad habit of pushing and pushing until we are completely drained. If you know something is not going well, don’t push it. Don’t pursue and continue forward. Instead, stop. Just hold on, observe the situation, and assess what’s going wrong.
Call a timeout, make a new game plan, and go from there.
“Teamwork” gave us the advice to advocate for causes we are passionate about, don’t be a bully – they’re trash, and to take a breather if life isn’t working out.
On a less serious note, I also learned not to teach a robot how to dance. They’re not built for it and they will end up destroying the control panel.
I can’t dance anyway.
Thanks for reading. Watch out for those bull monster men.
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